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Best Ski Pass Options in Meribel

Discover the top Meribel ski pass options

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About Ski Pass Options in Meribel

If you're looking for prices see Ski Pass Prices; or non-skiers/summer Lift Pass Prices. For a detailed explanation of the different ski passes available, read on...

Which Ski Pass to buy in Meribel 
Adult Pass An adult pass is for people aged 13-64 years
Child Pass A child pass is for children aged 5-12 years (under 5's are free)
Family Pass Family groups must comprise of at least 2 adults and from 2 to 7 children (5-17yrs). Everyone pays the child's rate. 
DUO Pass Ski pass deal for 2 people buying lift passes for the same area, dates and duration (6 to 14 days) in one transaction.
TRIBU Pass Ski pass deal for 3+ people buying lift passes for the same area, dates and duration (6 to 14 days) in one transaction.
3 Valleys Pass Full area pass, including Courchevel & Val Thorens
Meribel Pass Local area pass, suited to beginners and intermediates
Meribel Mini Pass A beginner specific ski pass covering a small part of the Meribel/Mottaret ski area

There are two lift-companies in the Meribel valley, depending on whether you are staying in Meribel-Mottaret or Meribel. Make sure you get your pass from the right one if you're picking your pass up in resort, otherwise you'll have a trek to get to the right office.

You can buy your Meribel-Mottaret or Meribel passes online but before you buy anything we recommend you check the weather forecasts on arrival, or speak to your accommodation provider who should be able to advise you of the best options. If you are planning on having lessons, then it is also worth checking with your ski school to be sure that you buy the correct pass for your classes.

3 Valleys ski-passes (Full area)

The  3 Valleys is the largest linked ski area in the world and anyone of intermediate ability and above usually takes advantage of the full area 3 Valleys Pass. It offers unlimited access to 160 lifts, 600kms of piste and 7 resorts: Meribel/Mottaret, Courchevel, La Tania, Val Thorens, Les Menuires/St Martin de Belleville, Orelle and Brides Les Bains. You don't have to be an expert to ski the 3 Valleys as there are plenty of greens and blues across the area to allow any level of skier or boarder to enjoy it.

Ski Areas in Meribel

Meribel Valley ski-passes (Local area)

The Meribel Valley Pass is the local area pass, which, as the name suggests, covers the Meribel/Mottaret valley. Situated at the heart of the 3 Valley’s skiing area the Meribel valley has 150km of piste in its own right. If you are a complete beginner or have 1-2 weeks of skiing or boarding experience, you will probably find that this pass has more than enough to keep you challenged and entertained during your stay. These passes are available in durations of 3 consecutive hours to 14 days and passes of 2 days or longer can be extended to include 1 day to ski the full 3 Valleys area (supplement payable). 

Ski Areas in Meribel

Group ski-passes

Both the full area 3 Valleys Pass and local area Meribel Valley Pass offer discounts for groups of two or more people skiing together. So, if you're skiing as a pair or in a group of three+, then save money by purchasing a Duo or a Tribu ski pass. To qualify for this offer, all the passes must be for the same ski area and duration (6 days or more) and bought together online in one payment.

Family Ski Passes

If you're skiing as a family, then both the full area and local area passes offer specific discounts for you where everyone pays the child's rate. There needs to be a minimum of 2 adults + 2 children (aged 5-17 yrs), but you can include a maximum of 7 children on the one pass for the same price per person.

To benefit from the discount at least 4 identical ski passes must be bought online in one transaction. Proof of age will be requested for children and seniors, either at the moment of sale or in resort, and don't forget that the under 5's ski for free. Ages on the first day of skiing are taken into account and each member of the family will also require their own hands free pass.

Depending on where you are staying, there is a Meribel or Meribel-Mottaret version of the pass and both are available for either the local Meribel area only or for the full 3 Valleys area. 

Beginners ski-passes

Most beginners will buy a local area Méribel Valley lift pass which covers 150km of piste but also gives the option of buying a one-day extension for the full area 3 Valleys. Another alternative for beginners is to buy the Meribel Mini Pass which covers approximately half of the Meribel valley and is slightly cheaper than the full Meribel Valley pass. If you are staying in Mottaret you can buy a Mottaret Pass, and if you are staying in Meribel, then you will buy the Meribel Alpina pass.

Meribel Mini Pass
This pass is valid for the specially created "Easy Rider" areas within the Meribel Valley where you can get to grips with your chosen discipline in complete safely. Complete beginners who want to save money might consider using the free beginner lifts for the first day or so, and then progress to buying a Mini-pass which give access to a limited number of the gentler slopes in Meribel & Mottaret. The disadvantage of this is that you will need to queue up each day to buy your day pass, and if you are in ski school lessons, your instructor may decide to take the group to another area which is not covered by your pass. You may find that it is easier to simply buy a week-long, local area pass. 

Beginner Ski Areas in Meribel

Snowpark passes

With both a local area or a 3 Valleys pass you have access to the snowparks in the Meribel valley - the DC Area 43 park, the Elements park and the Plattieres boardercross. The 3 Valleys pass also includes access to the family park in Courchevel, plus 2 more snowparks in Val Thorens and Les Menuires.

Snowparks in Meribel

Discounted ski-passes

Early and late season
If you visit Meribel in the first 2 or the very last week of the season, you will benefit from reduced rates on your lift pass. However, depending on snowfall, this is usually accompanied by a reduced ski area.

Saturday Specials
Whether you are skiing alone or with friends you can benefit from a discount on a Saturday only pass. The offer gives you up to 20% off the normal day pass price but it can only be purchased online.

Free passes

Under 5's and over 75's can use the lifts for free, whether on foot or on skis in Meribel and the 3 valleys. Proof of age will be required at the point of sale and a photo is also required, these can be taken at the ticket office in resort. Although the pass is technically free you'll still need to pay €3 for a hands free card to access the lifts. 

There are several free lifts for beginners in the valley. In Meribel they are Loupiot, Cotes drag lift (at le Rond Point) Altiport drag and Fontany telecord. In Mottaret you will find the Doron and Sitelle drag lifts as well as the Telecorde and Chalets gondolas (also for pedestrians). NB not all of these are marked on the lift map.

Cross-country ski-passes

Cross country ski trails are free to use and you can pick up a guide booklet and map from the Tourist Offices to show you where they are. The pistes are prepared and maintained each night and pedestrians are requested not to walk on the cross country trails as footprints damage the tracks and surface for the skiers. There are plenty of prepared winter walking trails for hikers to enjoy instead.

Cross-country Skiing in Meribel

Season passes

Season passes are available for both the local Meribel Valley and the full 3 Valleys area. These passes always require a photo and there are discounts of up to 20% on the public rates if purchased before 1st December 2020.  Duo, Trio & Family rates are also available.

Holders of the full 3 Valley season and annual passes also benefit from a reciprocal agreement with several prestigious ski resorts around the world. Get a free 3 day pass for Shiga Kogen, Japan; Mount Buller Australia; Los Tres Valles, Chile and Zermatt, Switzerland; as well as 3 free 2 days passes for Vail Resorts in the USA. Likewise, if you have a valid season pass for any of the aforementioned ski domains, then you can enjoy a free 3 day pass for the 3 Valleys area.

Pedestrian passes

Pedestrian rates are available for 1 to 8 day duration lift passes, single/return trips on individual lifts or you can also buy a season ticket. These passes can only be bought at one of the Ski Pass Offices

Maps of Meribel

Other passes

3 Vallées Liberté
If you are a regular skier in Meribel and the 3 Valleys then the 3 Vallées Liberté card may be of interest to you. Anyone that skis at least 8 (non-consecutive) days a season can benefit from the total freedom to ski whenever they want without having to pass by the ticket office each time. Payment is debited directly from your bank account after you have enjoyed your day on the slopes and you can check your account on-line anytime.  The more you ski, the greater the reductions you can accumulate (10% - 15%) and your 9th ski day is free (then each 6th day after that). 

More inspiration...

Read more about the ski lift system in Meribel and find out more about the variety of winter activities you can do on your visit.